WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, delivered remarks on the Senate floor yesterday urging Congress to pass a bipartisan infrastructure package that works for rural America.
“I believe we should go big. We should aim high. This is a tremendous opportunity to pass a major bill that will benefit our country as a whole and the states we represent,” said Senator Cramer. “We cannot let one of the most bipartisan policy areas in Washington get derailed now because a narrow majority in the Senate decided to pursue partisan, short-sighted goals instead. I am committed to advancing an infrastructure package that is bold, bipartisan, and meets the demands of the moment, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
Throughout his remarks, Senator Cramer touted the bipartisan highway bill he and his EPW colleagues unanimously passed last Congress, responded to the Senate Democrats who have discouraged President Biden from working with Republicans on this issue, and stressed the need for maintaining the current funding formula which ensures rural states have adequate resources to properly manage the national interstate system so producers can keep feeding and fueling the nation. The senator used durum wheat as an example of how a commodity grown in North Dakota can impact the entirety of America’s food supply chain and why it is important to bolster transportation infrastructure in rural America.
Senator Cramer also applauded EPW’s Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for prioritizing this issue at the committee level this Congress. As EPW’s Lead Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Senator Cramer has been using his position to advocate for a comprehensive transportation infrastructure package in public comments and hearings.